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Boulder City Nevada

The First Contemporary Wall Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a well educated man, reigned the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classical Greek documents into Latin.First Contemporary Wall Fountains 2479072229404673.jpg He undertook the embellishment of Rome to make it into the worthy seat of the Christian world. Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a desolate Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the bidding of the Pope. A mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of entry of an aqueduct, was a practice which was restored by Nicholas V. The present-day site of the Trevi Fountain was once occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and constructed by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains found in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona were eventually supplied with water from the altered aqueduct he had rebuilt.

The Influence of the Norman Invasion on Anglo-Saxon Landscaping

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was considerably changed by the arrival of the Normans in the later eleventh century.Influence Norman Invasion Anglo-Saxon Landscaping 076390034910305.jpg The expertise of the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons' in design and agriculture at the time of the conquest. But there was no time for home life, domesticated design, and adornment until the Normans had overcome the whole region. Castles were more standard constructions and often erected on blustery hills, where their tenants devoted both time and space to exercising offense and defense, while monasteries were major stone buildings, mostly positioned in the widest, most fruitful hollows. The serene practice of gardening was impractical in these bleak bastions. Berkeley Castle, potentially the most pristine style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time period. A spacious terrace intended for exercising and as a way to stop attackers from mining below the walls runs around the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an ancient yew hedge cut into the figure of crude battlements.